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message 1: by skw (new)

skw | 93 comments This author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

and this author: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...

appear to be the same person, based on the photo and bio on the respective pages. However, the lists of books don't really match up.

The first author (Wm. Paul) shows to have 7 distinct works and when you click the link for more books, the same 7 books show up -- as expected.

The second author (William Paul) shows to have 9 distinct works (but there are 10 listed on the page). When you click the link for more, there are 9 books listed, as the page says at the top, but some of the ones on the first page don't show up on the second. And vice versa.

Is it possible that there are two Mr. Youngs?


message 2: by Wynn (new)

Wynn (wynnga) | 1074 comments No, they are the same author. There is a note from a Goodreads staff member on the William Paul Young profile not merge with the Wm. Paul Young profile. The author publishes under both names.


message 3: by Abcdarian (new)

Abcdarian | 19393 comments The same books though? That makes no sense.


message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41427 comments Mod
Looks like it's partly a question of editions in translation v. in English, as well as some editions having the wrong name (which someone has corrected).


message 5: by Sheldon (new)

Sheldon Sequeira (sheldonsequeira) | 6 comments There are several authors named "John Rice" that have published works under that name. A mathematician, a poet, a chess player, a musicologist and what not. One or two have used their middle names and initials but most haven't.

The CHESS author is named "John M. Rice" and three of his books are on Goodreads, but some of them are mixed up with the poetry and music books.

Here are the 3 links:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7...

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

If you search for "John Rice" you will find the other authors. Also, I think there are two authors named "John M. Rice", and I can't find out what the "M" stands for in each of their names.


message 6: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13532 comments #5 Sheldon, this is a thread for a specific author. Please post your request in a new thread, thanks!

#1-4 I'm currently working on The Shack: https://www.goodreads.com/work/editio... Most books have Wm. Paul Young on the cover, while most of the editions have William Paul Young.

I don't know how it is with his other titles, but from where I'm standing it looks like it might be less work to merge the profiles and then re-add William Paul Young to the editions that have that name.

Some have William P. Young by the way, or W. Paul Young. Do we have to add separate profiles for those? This is not a Goodreads author. Can't we say that Wm. and W. are encompassed by William and P. by Paul and just put William Paul Young on them all? Or is that upon author's request only?


message 7: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13532 comments Bump #6


message 8: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41427 comments Mod
Wynn wrote: "There is a note from a Goodreads staff member on the William Paul Young profile not merge with the Wm. Paul Young profile."


message 9: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13532 comments I know, but I don't understand the reasoning behind it. They are all the same titles.

Also, what should be done with W. Paul Young and William P. Young?


message 10: by skw (new)

skw | 93 comments Can you contact Mr. Young and ask him about all this and what he wants it to look like?


message 11: by lethe (last edited Feb 07, 2017 12:35AM) (new)

lethe | 13532 comments Are you asking me? I don't think it's my job to do that. I'm not interested in Mr. Young, just in cataloguing his books according to policy. Besides, he's not a GR author, so I doubt if he cares about Goodreads (or if his opinion carries any weight here).


message 12: by skw (new)

skw | 93 comments Wynn said (message #2): There is a note . . . on the William Paul Young profile . . . The author publishes under both names.

It occurred to me that if someone asked Mr. Young how he determines which name to publish a book under, it might shed some light on the situation here. It was just a thought.


message 13: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13532 comments Thanks :)

In fact, the author is published under 4 different names:
William Paul Young
Wm. Paul Young
W. Paul Young
William P. Young
(that I've come across...)
And all for the same book(s). I don't see why we should keep 4 different English-language profiles for him when he obviously doesn't separate them by genre.

And if all four, or perhaps just the first two, should be kept, which profile should be the primary?


message 14: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41427 comments Mod
After March 6, it will be ok to merge them all into William Paul Young. But not before then, due to giveaways and other items in process linked to specific profiles.


message 15: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13532 comments Aha! I didn't know that was the reason. Thanks, rivka :)


message 16: by lethe (new)

lethe | 13532 comments I suppose that now the four profiles may be merged (even though the librarian note is still there).

Both main profiles contain (different) quotes, followers and videos, and one of them has a poll. I'm not sure if everything will transfer to the new profile?

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show...


message 17: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 41427 comments Mod
The poll is on the one that should be getting kept. Quotes, followers, and videos will move over with a merge, although there may be a caching delay for them all to show up properly.


message 18: by lethe (last edited Mar 24, 2017 08:29AM) (new)

lethe | 13532 comments Thanks!

Have merged the profile into William Paul Young.

Will check tomorrow if any editions need combining and if the name does not appear in duplicate anywhere.

ETA 24 March: done.


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